Many months ago I had fun with a little experiment in trying to exhaust a dye bath. Often with natural dyeing there is a little pigment left in the water and, when I can, I try to use it up, or “exhaust” the pot by dyeing other bits and pieces. I had a madder root dye bath with still quite a bit of colour left and entered some mordented, but dry, 100% Cormo wool to the pot. Because the fiber was dry, the rate at which the yarn absorbed the water across the skeins was staggered and the pigment was picked in an uneven way, creating this highly tonal yarn.
Always looking for a project for Louella I fell in love with the R&R Hoodie pattern, written by Tanis Lavallee, and published on her Son’s first birthday. This sparked a little goal that I would have the hoodie finished by Louella’s first birthday, which I met, except for the zip. I am no stranger to sewing a zip into sewn clothing, but this is the first time my knits had met a zip. What do you know – the hoodie sat zip-less for the next 6 months. Luckily the Cormo I used was a little heavier than the weight of yarn the pattern called for, and although I worked the appropriate size for her, it came up a bit big for Louella at the time. Of course when I finally sat down, with the help of pinterest, to sew in the zip, it only took me about 20 minutes! The result is one of my favourite things I have knit for Louella. It is still a little bit big, but just perfectly so. We are going to be getting the best amount of wear from this hoodie. The yarn is soft but pretty densely knit for a warm and cosy wear. And the colour! The madder root and the way I dyed the yarn has created the most one-of-a-kind project which makes it even more special. The colour is subtly ‘girly’ and on a very unisex pattern it is the perfect match for my rugged little farm girl.
Tanis, you are a genius, I will be making this one again for sure!!
PS. Photographing toddlers is some kind of joke!